The fact that cancer is an extremely difficult disease for everybody involved is an understatement. And for many, one of the most painful parts of fighting the illness is not even the cancer itself—it’s the chemotherapy.
Along with the excruciating treatment are the side effects, such as hair loss, that can take both a physical and psychological toll on a person. But while hair grows back, some side effects—like infertility—usually never reverse.
This certainly seemed the case for the United Kingdom’s Sarah Pickles, who needed surgery and chemotherapy to remove seven tumors after she was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2015. What happened the next year, though, was shocking.
“I knew from the day I was diagnosed that I had two options, either I was going to let the cancer control me or I was going to control it,” said Sarah in an interview. “For me dying was not an option, it was just not, I had to do everything I could to get me through it.”
“Percentage-wise, we were told that the chances of us getting pregnant after chemotherapy was probably about 1 percent. Even when we went to the IVF clinic they said that it was about 1 percent that even IVF would work.”
“Ten minutes later she came back in with a pregnancy test that I had done and I think she was a bit scared to tell me because of what I had said to her but she eventually said, ‘you’re pregnant.'”
“After what we’ve been through together, it’s just perfect.”
It’s amazing to consider the surprises that life can throw at you sometimes. Hopefully Sarah’s baby grows up to be safe, happy, and healthy!
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